Shoreview—Steady Suburban Stewardship

Shoreview is about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Minneapolis with neighbors Mounds View and Arden Hills to the west and North Oaks and Vadnais Heights to the east. It’s an established suburb that prides itself on stability—careful planning, development and continuity. Primarily residential, the neighborhoods were built in the 1970s and 80s around the two lakes within its borders, Turtle and Snail and the north side of neighboring Lake Owasso. With most of the land occupied by housing, water or park and recreational space, Shoreview is not a hotbed of development or happening in the sense that it’s a destination for restaurants, shops and the like. That’s just fine with both residents and city leaders. Safety and quality of life is what they strive for, and given the healthy real estate market and strong community survey results, it looks like they’re succeeding.

The Shore in Shoreview

There’s plenty of shore for everyone to enjoy in Shoreview—some private homes and some public land. Clean, uncrowded public beaches on Snail and Turtle Lake, plus nearby Lake Owasso and Josephine give residents a day at the beach close to home. Shoreview also has lots of parks, nature areas and places to walk and bike. In fact, there are over 50 miles of city and regional trails that connect neighborhoods to one or more of the 14 parks and 3 community schools within city limits.

Turtle Lake Beach (City of Shoreview)


Demand for housing has remained constant according to real estate agent Kale Hassan, a fact he attributes to the consistent and tranquil nature of the community. “The city has always emphasized a more serene feel and deliberately avoided commercializing to keep the peaceful nature of Shoreview,” he states. Since the city was developed mostly in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, house styles reflect the trends of those eras—lots of ramblers, split level and two-story homes. The houses tend to be well-maintained and updated, so the neighborhoods feel tidy and healthy. The median list price is a fairly affordable $287,000, but for a home that’s on one of the lakes a buyer can expect to pay upwards of $800,000.


A big draw for residents are the area’s public and private schools. Most Shoreview students attend school in the highly ranked Mounds View School District. Private options for K-8 include St. Odilia’s Catholic School and Oak Hill Montessori. Nearby Totino-Grace is a private catholic high school that draws Shoreview students with its academic rigor and extracurricular programs.

A Requisite Brew Pub

It seems every community needs a craft brewery run by cheerful bearded millennials who offer good food, music, atmosphere and delicious beer. Although not technically within Shoreview limits, Nutmeg Brewery is just down the road from city hall and is not only a welcome addition to the restaurant scene but opened just in time for the Shoreview Rotary Clubs “Taste Of The Hops” event held at Snail Lake Park across the street.

Nutmeg Brewhouse Arden Hills/Shoreview (Nutmeg Brewhouse)

Slice of Shoreview

Island Lake hosts the annual festival “Slice of Shoreview” at the end of July. The event includes food, wine, a raffle and silent auction, plus fireworks, a parade, carnival, arts and crafts and lots of other summer fun.

Giant slip-n-slide at the Slice of Shoreview (City of Shoreview)

New Library

Just completed last year is the new Shoreview Library, a light-filled space with a fireplace, teen area, children’s section, meeting rooms and study spaces with wifi and outlets. Functional and stylish, it gives the community a place to gather, work, learn and connect.

The exterior of the Shoreview Library.
Shoreview Library designed by HGA Architects (Paul Crosby)

Community Center & Commons

Swimming lessons, fitness classes, a workout space and indoor waterpark makes the Shoreview Community Center a popular gathering spot. The city is in the process of building an over 20,000-square-foot addition to the center to incorporate more space for classes, summer child-care and an expansion of the waterpark. It’s also the site of the city’s seasonal farmers market and outdoor summer concert series.

Summer Concert Series (City of Shoreview)

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